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#HireFriday: Update

I am so happy to see the work that is going on around me. Recruiters are busy again. Jobseekers are more hopeful. I am more hopeful. And I am busy with new projects and new customers (yay!).

In the midst of all this, I took a few minutes a couple of weeks ago to participate in the #hirefriday Twitter movement. I offered to meet with a jobseeker who wants to relocate to the Seattle area. It is my mission in life to know every recruiter in Seattle, so I'm certain I can help.

We met in person at my favorite counter-culture coffee shop. He wore a suit and tie. The first thing I told him was to ditch the tie. We don't do ties in Seattle. (I know -- conventional wisdom is that you should dress up for interviews. You should. But in Seattle dressing up means looking like a Banana Republic mannequin. Ties scream amateur.) Then he told me about his skills and his experience, which were impressive. He has worked for large, complex organizations. He has worked in Asia. He speaks four languages. He returned to school to get his MBA.

Somebody, somewhere, told him to downplay his experience. Since he was an unknown, he would have a hard time getting into prestigious Seattle companies, so he should try to get his foot in the door in a coordinator or junior analyst role.


I told him to rework his resume. Highlight his expertise. Being conversant in Mandarin and being fluent may be different, but his obvious facility for language and understanding cultures makes him an asset to companies. He has skills that 99.9% of the other applicants don't have. I told him to stop going to job fairs and increase his LinkedIn network by 400%. I told him to target companies, and then target jobs within those companies and that together, we would get him in.

I can do this, because I don't have a fancy corporate recruiting job. I can advocate for one candidate. It feels good.

Sharks, be warned. I have a referral for you.

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At 4:09pm on February 23, 2011, Slouch said…
Congrats Carmen on the new gig!
At 1:51pm on November 13, 2008, Christopher Becker said…
It was great meeting you at the ERE Conference in Miami!
At 10:21am on November 4, 2008, Slouch said…
Thanks Carmen. Maren is really the one responsible for everything good in that booth. I just had hats. can you private email me your phone number. I have a question to ask you
At 4:13pm on November 3, 2008, Slouch said…
Dinner was fun last week. Thanks again
At 2:54pm on September 2, 2008, Stephen said…
I had requested to lik after checking your blog one day. Nice to connect. Enjoyed your writing on Twitter. I do not use it but I am curious and thus I was reading up a bit. Take Care.
At 8:02pm on August 27, 2008, Erica Jayne Walsh said…

Are you still attending SourceCon? If so, any interest in networking offline?

- Erica
At 10:26pm on August 25, 2008, Keeley Mitchell-Wallace said…
Hi Carmen,
As a newbie into the recruiting field, I am trying to surround myself around more experienced players so that I can have sound advice on different issues. I just read your showcase and was completely impressed. I would love to bounce some thoughts off of you sometime and hear about your experiences.

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